2 killed when express bus rams road divider

bus accidnt

PETALING JAYA: Two people were killed when an express bus rammed into a road divider at KM194.9 of the North-South Expressway near Bukit Merah, Taiping, this afternoon.

NST Online reported that the accident happened at 5pm today.

One of the 36 passengers on board died at the scene after she was trapped in the vehicle while another victim died on the way to the nearest clinic for treatment.

It quoted Kerian Police Chief Superintendent Omar Bakhtiar Yaacob as confirming the deaths.

A Fire and Rescue Department spokesperson said they received a distress call at about 5.15pm and firemen from the Bagan Serai and Kamunting fire stations were sent to the scene immediately.

The identities of the victims however have yet to be confirmed.

Bernama, in reporting the accident, said some of the other passengers were also slightly injured.

In an earlier and separate report, Bernama said a lecturer at the Negeri Sembilan Matriculation College in Kuala Pilah was killed in a road accident at Km41.8 of the Lekas Expressway near Taman Markosa here today.

The Toyota Wish car driven by Zaib Ngah, 53, hit the rear of a lorry about 7am as he was driving to the college, said Seremban Fire and Rescue Department operations officer Arizal Omar.

Zaib’s colleague, Salwa Anita Isa, who was at the scene of the accident, said Zaib had been driving from his home in Banting, Selangor, to the college and back over the past five years.

Police have advised motorists heading back for Aidilfitri celebrations to take precautions, with policemen carrying out various road safety operations.

The Road Transport Department has also issued a warning to motorists that those using the emergency lane to cut queues will be prosecuted in court instead of just getting away with a compound fine.